A handsome illustrated collection of 18 short stories, mostly from the mid-70's, that could as easily be called ""The Best of Tiptree."" All her classic titles are here: ""The Screwfly Solution,"" in which aliens exterminate the human race by turning men against women; ""The Women Men Don't See,"" which grows from a brilliantly realized Yucatan setting to a devastating conclusion; ""Houston, Houston, Do You Read?,"" which won both Hugo and Nebula awards in 1977; ""Love is the Plan the Plan is Death,"" ""A Monentary Taste of Being,"" and many others equally familiar to sf aficionados. As John Clute points out in his excellent introduction, Tiptree was perhaps the darkest major writer in sf; many of her major stories are deeply pessimistic, and are resolved only by death. Yet the overall impression left by these stories is sheer wonder at her impeccable prose, her exuberance in following her premises wherever they lead, and her overwhelming stylistic virtuosity. For every serious collection of modern science fiction.